2004 Major League Baseball season

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2004 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 4 – October 27, 2004
Top draft pickMatt Bush
Picked bySan Diego Padres
Regular Season
Season MVPAL: Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SF)
League Postseason
AL championsBoston Red Sox
  AL runners-upNew York Yankees
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upHouston Astros
World Series
ChampionsBoston Red Sox
  Runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVPManny Ramirez (BOS)
MLB seasons

The 2004 Major League Baseball season ended when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game World Series sweep. This season was particularly notable since the Red Sox championship broke the 86-year-long popular myth known as the Curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox were also the first team in MLB history and the third team from a major North American professional sports league to ever come back from a 3–0 postseason series deficit, in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

The Montreal Expos would play their last season in Montreal, before re-locating to Washington DC, becoming the Washington Nationals in 2005.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Statistic American League National League
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .372 Barry Bonds SF .362
HR Manny Ramírez BOS 43 Adrián Beltré LA 48
RBI Miguel Tejada BAL 150 Vinny Castilla COL 131
Wins Curt Schilling BOS 21 Roy Oswalt HOU 20
ERA Johan Santana MIN 2.61 Jake Peavy SD 2.27
SO Johan Santana MIN 265 Randy Johnson ARI 290
SV Mariano Rivera NYY 53 Armando Benítez FLA
Jason Isringhausen STL
SB Carl Crawford TB 59 Scott Podsednik MIL 70

Major league baseball final standings[edit]


American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Lee Mazzilli
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona Won the World Series
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Tony Peña
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha
Seattle Mariners Bob Melvin
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly Replaced during the season by Al Pedrique
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Dave Miley
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jack McKeon
Houston Astros± Jimy Williams Replaced during the season by Phil Garner
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
Montreal Expos Frank Robinson
New York Mets Art Howe
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Won the National League pennant
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou

±hosted the MLB All Star Game



  • World Series Champions – Boston Red Sox
  • Playoffs – October 4 to 27, 2004.
  Division Series
League Championship Series
World Series
  1 NY Yankees 3  
3 Minnesota 1  
  1 NY Yankees 3  
American League
  4 Boston 4  
2 Anaheim 0
  4 Boston 3  
    AL4 Boston 4
  NL1 St. Louis 0
  1 St. Louis 3  
3 Los Angeles 1  
  1 St. Louis 4
National League
  4 Houston 3  
2 Atlanta 2
  4 Houston 3  


The following players reached major milestones in 2004:

Perfect game[edit]

Randy Johnson pitched the 17th perfect game in MLB history on May 18, 2004.

4000 strikeouts[edit]

Randy Johnson struck out Jeff Cirillo on June 29, 2004 for his 4000th strikeout.

500 Home Run Club[edit]

Ken Griffey, Jr – June 20

300 Wins Club[edit]

Greg Maddux – August 7, 2004

Single-Season Hits Record Broken[edit]

Ichiro Suzuki – 262 Hits (broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257)

Walk-off home runs[edit]

There were a total of 80 walk-off home runs, which was then the MLB single-season record until 2018.[1]


Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Jason Bay (PIT) Bobby Crosby (OAK)
Cy Young Award Roger Clemens (HOU) Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the Year Bobby Cox (ATL) Buck Showalter (TEX)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Kenny Rogers (TEX)
Catcher Mike Matheny (STL) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Todd Helton (COL) Darin Erstad (ANA)
2nd Base Luis Castillo (FLA) Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (STL) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Cesar Izturis (LA) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Andruw Jones (ATL)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Steve Finley (ARI/LA)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Liván Hernández (MTL) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Johnny Estrada (ATL) Víctor Martínez (CLE)
Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Mark Loretta (SD) Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd Base Adrián Beltré (LA) Melvin Mora (BAL)
Shortstop Jack Wilson (PIT) Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Barry Bonds (SF)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Carlos Beltrán Barry Bonds
May Melvin Mora Lance Berkman
June Iván Rodríguez Jim Thome
July Mark Teixeira Jim Edmonds
August Ichiro Suzuki Barry Bonds
September Vladimir Guerrero Adrián Beltré

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Kevin Brown Roger Clemens
May Mark Buehrle Jason Schmidt
June Mark Mulder Carl Pavano
July Johan Santana Russ Ortiz
August Johan Santana Jake Peavy
September Johan Santana Carlos Zambrano

Rookie of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Gerald Laird Khalil Greene
May Kevin Youkilis Terrmel Sledge
June Bobby Crosby Jason Bay
July Robb Quinlan Jason Bay
August Frank Francisco Khalil Greene
September Ross Gload Jason Bay

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